Just returned from Flamingo Beach at 4.30am...had my little sleep, clothes in washer so thought i would write my review. This place is great. We too were worried following all the negative comments....dont be!!! I e-mailed Angel the Manager before our stay and asked for 2 rooms together with lovely view if possible...this we got.. view - what a view it was stunning. The complex was always clean. The reception staff were helpful - the hotel had even laid on a snack when we arrived late at night which was great. There are a few negatives but nothing major.....will start with them to get them out the way!!
Sunbeds....oh what can i say - the germans have nothing on the English who were there with us. some towels were put on at 3am. After a protest in the pool by some residents at midnight the hotel did something about it. No towels on sunbeds before 9am.....luckily we were leaving 2 days after this enforcement as if you had a towel on the bed and you wasnt sitting on i then woop its gone!! I can see trouble ahead :) To be fair there are no enough beds for the complex -- esp with the beach shut. Yes the beach. Its going to be stunning when finished but obviously the closure of the beach caused it to be more hectic round the pool so you had a knock on effect. People werent happy but it didnt spoil our holidays. One day we walked to the beach which was a lovely stroll along the promenade about 25 mins (definately try the ice cream parlour near the ferry)the other day we got the 14 seater courtesy bus (not 40 as i was told - which meant not many per day could get a bus to the beach) think this may need addressing in high season. The food was nice but the hustle and bustle in the restaurant at night could be hectic...great idea with the take out boxes for lunch :)
Ok so thats the negatives done - not alot on the whole but the positives were good.
Lovely stunning views from the complex to the sea - lovely location with shops and bars you can walk to. The complex was always clean - the maids work really hard and clean the rooms 5 days a week. The swimming pool was nice - there are 4 in total including a splash area for the little ones. The main pool is where the action is tho and if you want a little peace you can go to the smaller pools or adult terrace.
The reps however made our holiday......they were great. All of them worked so hard - always something to do. to be honest our family got very competitive and were determining to get the certificates so we joined in lots - boules, aeroball, water polo, table tennis. You mention it they did it. These were by far the best reps I have had on a first choice holiday. Thank you guys......you know who you all are. The night time entertainment was nice.....mostly done again by the reps who worked extememly hard keeping the kids entertained. if you didnt fancy it as it got loud you could sit outside or go to the sports bar. There was regular entertainment for kids earlier on...prize bingo - which we won on our last night - 341 euros and were estatic.... and a little later entertainment which was focused for the adults too.
My youngest loved the kids club.....some say that its not good and parents want to get rid of their kids on holiday but it not the case. My daughter looved it so much and made lots of friends and kept her out the sun for a few hours in the day. Thank you guys Ellie loved it!!!
Dave the rep in the reception was fantastic. I had a problem with a prescription on day one as some meds when missing in transit and he booked me a consultation with an outside doc and then drove to the pharmacy himself to fetch it for me - now thats what i call service. Thank you dave.
if you fancy the trips get a taxi yourself as some are expensive but go to the national park and ride a camel its a lovely 2 hour trip if you go yourself in a taxi and for 6 of us only cost 140 euros and the taxi waits for you whilst u do the tour and the ride. However this excursion can get expensive.
As for the people we made some great friends and we are sure we will keep in touch. It was very sad when we had to leave some friends at the hotel and others at the airport - everyone was so friendly.
On the whole this hotel was great. we were so worried about the negative reviews....please dont be. As long as you have kids or are a big kid yourself (we had 42, 37 , 20, 15, 13, 8 and all loved it) you will think this place is great. Lovely food, clean hotel, lovely staff - oh and def try the italian restaurant Nicholas the waiter is lovely and friendly and we loved the food - and the portabello beach club for breakfast - waffles with wild fruits and cream is to die for.
I would love to go back when the beach is finished - you never know we may all meet up again in a few years at the fLAMINGO BEACH.
Just enjoy it - go with an open mind and have fun and you will love it.
We sure did :) thanks to all the team and friends for making our holiday special x
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July 22, 2010
Hi, thanks for posting such fantastic reviews. As you said, come with an open mind and enjoy our Holiday Village. The staff work really hard to make holidays the best ever here and we will pass your comments onto Dave. With regards to the bus, we can confirm it is a mini- bus running several times a day. We really do hope you come back and see us again!
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